Are you a unicorn of the sex world? 1% of Canadians identify as asexual. But what does that mean? For some, it’s the absence of interest in sexual activity, but different than celibacy.
Here are two videos to help explain asexuality. The first video was produced by Telus Optik Local and the second video is presented by The Asexual Visibility and Education Network.
The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) defines an asexual as “someone who does not experience sexual attraction”. Unlike celibacy, which is a choice, asexuality is a sexual orientation. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships.
A is for Asexuals, Aromantics, Agender people… and for Allies
GLAAD, an internationally renowned LGBT rights organization, created a campaign called “Got your back” with the tagline “A is for Allies”. At AVEN we hugely value the role that allies play in our community and in the wider LGBTQ+ movement. However, “A” stands for Asexual, Aromantic and Agender people as well as Allies.
Asexual representation in the media is limited and rarely openly acknowledged or confirmed by creators or authors. Asexuality as a sexual identity, rather than as a biological entity, became more widely discussed in the media in the beginning of the 21st century